With reports coming in about the excessively cold temperatures at the PyeongChang Winter Olympics, thoughts turn to the discomfort of having cold fingers and toes. But imagine suffering this discomfort all year round, so much so it makes simple, everyday tasks like buttoning up a shirt very difficult. This is what some sufferers of Raynaud’s Disease experience on a regular basis. February is Raynaud’s awareness month in the UK and campaigns are working hard to increase awareness of this condition, also known as Raynaud’s Phenomenon or Syndrome, which afflicts around 10% of the adult population, with 4/5 sufferers being women.Read More
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February brings with it matters of the heart, in more ways than one. Aside from Valentine’s Day on February 14th, the month also marks a focus on heart health both in the US and the UK. We’ve blogged about Heart Month for the past two years now, on steps you can take to improve your heart health and atrial fibrillation symptoms, and 2018 is no different. This year we’ve chosen another common heart condition which is often ignored or left undiagnosed, as people fear that it may be the sign of a more sinister problem. The truth is, angina is a great warning and a reminder for us to take a look at our overall health and how we’re treating our hearts, so ignoring it can lead to much bigger problems.Read More
We recently wrote a blogpost on the symptoms of the menopause, detailing what to expect when entering the perimenopause until menopause occurs. Generally, the symptoms are bothersome, but they are a normal part of the menopause transition and therefore nothing to be concerned about. After you reach menopause, which is defined as having no period for a year or more, you have entered the postmenopausal stage. There are some common symptoms of the postmenopausal stage, and the risk for more serious complications also increases at this time in life, due to your body adjusting to the absence of reproductive hormones.Read More
The beginning of this month saw “Blue Monday,” the day coined by PR everywhere as the most miserable day of the year, after a psychologist was actually asked to create a formula to decide “the most depressing day of the year” for a holiday company. This was obviously a PR stunt grown way out of proportion as over 10 years later, we are still talking about the fact there is seemingly only one day in the year where it is okay to feel depressed. From a health perspective, this is both an inaccurate portrayal of the debilitating mental health issues that many deal with daily, and also quite harmful to those struggling with depression.Read More
This week’s blogpost comes from a guest author, Professor Aneez Esmail. Aneez is a professor of general practice and a GP himself, and uses Isabel regularly. We asked his thoughts on how he uses Isabel while at work, before our upcoming appearance with him on BBC's The One Show in the UK. Here is what he said.
Isabel is a fast and effective tool which offers a range of ranked diagnoses in seconds when clinical features are entered, and Isabel comes into its own when used on more complex cases, or when a physician has clinical doubt about their differential diagnosis. Because of this it is considered to be extremely useful in a secondary care setting, but how can Isabel be used effectively in primary care?Read More
We’re all familiar with that post-holiday bloated feeling, and given that for many of us, rich foods, sweet puddings, a glass or three of wine and slouching in front of the TV are all part and parcel of the holidays, it’s no surprise that our digestive systems sometimes issue the odd complaint after a week or two of overdoing it. Sometimes that uncomfortable bloated feeling just stays a bit too long and constipation sets in. So how do we know when we need to go to the doctor about it, and when should we be aware that perhaps there’s a bit more going on than just constipation?Read More
Back in October we did a post on the effects of stopping smoking, to encourage those who had taken on the Stoptober challenge. With the new year, comes a lot of new years resolutions, from stopping smoking, to starting the gym. Whatever you’re trying to give up or start in 2018, we hope you do well and stick to your health goals. A very popular choice of resolution, at least for the first month of the year, is cutting down on alcohol consumption. Dry January has been around for a few years now and with each year more and more people take part. For some it’s a concerted effort to banish the booze forever or tackle a more serious alcohol addiction, but for many it is simply a great way to kick off the year, detox from the overconsumption of the holidays, and resolve to drink less overall in 2018. Well just as we did with Stoptober, we’ve rounded up 10 benefits to cutting down or completely cutting out your alcohol intake, to give you the motivation to carry on this Dry January.Read More
Back in 2015 we wrote a post for the New Year on pediatric medical breakthroughs of the past year. This year has been another brilliant year for finding new treatments and ways to diagnose both our most common illnesses, and also some of the more rare diseases. We’ve rounded up three of the landmark medical developments of 2017, as we reflect on the past year and look forward to 2018.
It’s no coincidence that more people get ill over the holiday period than any other time of year. Parties, late nights, bad weather, over-indulgence in food and drink, not to mention concerns about the bank balance, all take their toll on our bodies. To ease you into the festivities we’ve compiled a list of 12 common ailments you’re more likely to pick up, along with some ideas on how to prevent them, so you can hopefully enjoy a germ-free Christmas or holiday season.Read More
Menopause is the permanent end of the menstrual period cycle and therefore the end of the fertility period in a woman. In this blogpost we talk about what to expect during this time in your life, the different stages of menopause, and advice on how to deal with the changing symptoms.Read More